#1 Terps Down #8 Michigan in B1G Quarterfinals

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Junior George Campbell scored the game-winning goal in double overtime to lift top-seeded Maryland to a 3-2 win against No. 8 seed Michigan Sunday in the quarterfinal round of the 2016 Big Ten Men’s Soccer Championship.

Campbell and sophomore D.J. Reeves accounted for the scoring for Maryland (16-0-2) which moved its winning streak to 13 straight games. The Terps have not lost since Oct. 31, 2015 – a stretch of 23 matches. Sunday’s win was Maryland’s third consecutive double-overtime decision.

After Gordon Wild put a solid cross in the box, an error by the Michigan defense put the Terps on the board on an own goal in the 30th minute.

A flurry of action would cap the first half as both teams exchanged goals with three minutes to play in the stanza. Michigan evened the score at one apiece with a Tyler Anderson goal at 41:59 before Reeves netted his second goal of the season on a beautifully-played ball by senior defender Chris Odoi-Atsem in the 44th minute.

Francis Athuahene’s header beat senior goalkeeper Cody Niedermeier to the near post to open scoring in the second half at 50:31 and push the match to a 2-2 tie.

The two squads would then go into overtime for the second time in seven days.

Campbell slotted home the game-winner from just outside the box off an assist from Gordon Wild in the 103rd minute as the Terps advanced in hopes of capturing a fifth-straight conference tournament championship.

"We seem to have a flare for the dramatic this year. I love my team’s resiliency but I'm a little frustrated that we're making games this interesting,” head coach Sasho Cirovski said. “Full kudos to Michigan tonight. To come out after playing yesterday with this much energy and to make this game into a dogfight, I have to give them full marks and full credit.

"We seem to send our fans home happy and give them some bonus soccer. We'll try to get it done in regulation in the future."

Maryland will face Michigan State on Friday in the semifinal round of the Big Ten Championship at Grand Park in Westfield, Ind. For more information on next weekend’s championship, click here.